Piano Academy

The UWGB Piano Academy provides group piano instruction to beginning piano students age 10 - 17. Classes meet on Saturday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Students spend one hour in UWGB’s state-of-the-art piano lab with piano professor Michael Rector, then practice what they’ve learned in guided sessions with assistant teachers. The 13-week session provides a solid foundation for further study, with lessons in technique, theory and performance.


Fall 2019 Dates

Coming soon!

Fees and Details

  • Fees: TBD
  • Age group: Beginning piano students age 10 - 17
  • Daily Schedule: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Already Registered? 

Camp Balance: Pay Camp Balance
Times, Locations, Camp Details: Piano Academy Information Letter
UW-Green Bay Camp Policies: Camp Policies
UW-Green Bay Camp Liability Form: Liability Release Form
UW-Green Bay Camps Map: Maps and Directions

General Information

Camp Location - UW-Green Bay, located five miles from the downtown Green Bay area. Classes held in Studio Arts building on campus.

Transportation - Campers must provide for their own transportation to and from campus each day. 

Drop off/Pick up Policy - Parents are advised to drop off and pick up your child promptly. Class begins at 9:30 a.m., with staff on site at 9:15 a.m.  Pick up is at 11:30 a.m. with staff on site until 11:45 a.m. Failure to pick up your child on time will result in a supervisory charge of $15 per hour.

NOTE: Green Bay Transit operates to and from campus each day, with drop off locations at the Cofrin Library and the Studio Arts Building. The buses run :10 and :40 on the hour. Bus passes are $2 per day for students. For more information contact: www.greenbaymetro.org or call 920-448-3450.

Insurance - Accident insurance through the University of Wisconsin is provided for all camps. This limited policy covers injuries relating to camp accidents only. It is understood that medical costs in excess of camp insurance will be borne by parents or guardians.

Disciplinary Policies - The academy reserves the right, upon notification of parents, to dismiss any student during any session for improper conduct, language, dress or attitude which, in the judgment of the academy director and administrative and staff, is detrimental to the well-being of other students or smooth operation of the academy.

Cancellation Policy

In the event a student must cancel, the Camps Office should be notified no later than one month before the start date of the camp session in order to receive a refund, less a $100 cancellation fee. Requests received after that date will not receive a refund. No refunds will be made for withdrawal due to homesickness, sending a student home for disciplinary reasons, or after the camp has started.

In the event a student requests to switch camp sessions, an additional $25 processing fee will be applied.

We reserve the right to cancel any camp due to low enrollment; in such a case, all fees paid will be refunded or the camper can choose to apply fees to a different camp/class in the same year.

Overpayments of less than $10 will not be refunded.

Academy Director: Michael Rector

Michael Rector

Michael Rector is committed to making the language of classical music vivid for people of all ages and backgrounds. As a pianist, he invigorates and expands the repertoire through innovative programming that re-contextualizes familiar pieces and makes vivid new and neglected works. His repertoire ranges from Haydn to Harbison and from Couperin to Carter. He is also a dedicated teacher, researcher and advocate for the arts.

Michael has performed in seventeen American states and two Canadian provinces in venues like Steinway Hall in New York and the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater in Washington, DC. In 2012 Michael and his wife, pianist Sylvia Hong, began performing together as a duo. They have since toured extensively in the United States, Korea and Europe. At the 2013 NFMC Ellis Duo Competition, Sylvia and Michael won the 2nd prize and Abild award for the best performance of American music. In February 2018, they performed with the Gangneung Philharmonic as part of the celebration of the Winter Olympics.

Michael holds the doctoral degree from Manhattan School of Music. For his dissertation, he investigated Chopin’s harmonic practice as influenced by the music of Louis Spohr and Romantic philosophy. He also earned a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College, where he majored in comparative literature. Michael enjoys presenting lecture-recitals and masterclasses both at home and abroad, including at prestigious music schools in the United States and in Asia. His articles on piano pedagogy and performance practice have appeared in the journals American Music Teacher, Clavier Companion and the MTNA e-Journal. Since 2014 he has served as Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin in Green Bay.